At the Ballpark

LAWRENCE, Kan. - A seven-run fourth inning lifted the Kansas baseball team to its second straight win, 15-1, over the Tabor Blue Jays on Wednesday in Hoglund Ballpark. With the 14-run win, KU improved to 15-8-1 on the year, while Tabor fell to 5-8.

The Jayhawks got started in the second inning when senior first baseman Ryan Baty doubled to lead off and then moved to second on a bunt single from senior rightfielder Matt Tribble. With the single, Tribble extended his hit streak to a conference-best 15 games. Baty went on to score KU's first run of the game on a sac-fly from junior third baseman Travis Metcalf before four more runs crossed for Kansas.

The 'Hawks' bats again caught fire in the seventh when sophomore second baseman Jared Schweitzer hit his second homerun of the season over the left field wall, to drive in two. Later in the inning, Metcalf notched his eighth dinger of the season, a two-run shot over the batter's eye in centerfield for KU's 11th and 12th runs of the game.

Junior Mike Bessolo, who finished the day 2-for-3 with a run scored, pushed KU's run total to 13 in the fifth inning, by blasted a shot over the left field wall for his first homer of the year. Bessolo later singled in the sixth to drive in two and finish the day with KU's last three RBI.

Staff day for the Jayhawk pitchers saw freshman LHP Sean Land record the win after two innings of no-hit baseball. The Greenwood, Mo., native fanned two and faced the minimum to move to 2-0 on the season. Junior Mike Zagurski worked the third and fourth innings, striking out three of the seven batters he faced. Junior Andrew Rebar, who surrendered the only Tabor run, gave up three hits in the fifth. Other Jayhawk pitchers on the day included Ryotaro Hayakawa (6th), Ken Livesey (7th), Michael Saddler (8th) and Chris Jones (9th).

Kansas will welcome the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans to town on Friday, March 12, for a three-games series beginning at 3 p.m., in Hoglund Ballpark. Saturday and Sunday's games will begin at 1 p.m. Junior LHP Ryan Knippschild (3-2, 5.35 ERA) will face junior RHP Bennett Cromer (2-1, 4.05 ERA) in the series opener.


LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The University of Kansas softball team split a doubleheader with Southwest Missouri State at Arrocha Ballpark today. KU won the first game 1-0 and lost the second game 3-0.

The first game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning. Shortstop Destiny Frankenstein led off with a single to center and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Nicole Washburn followed with a single to center knocking in Frankenstein and putting the Jayhawks up for good.

Senior pitcher Kara Pierce (6-3) struck out nine and didn't surrender any walks to the Bears in the winning effort. Pierce retired the first 11 batters of the game before giving up a single in the top of the fourth. She struck out the side in the third and finished the game by striking out the last two hitters, stranding runners at second and third.

In the second game, KU looked to jump out to an early lead in the bottom of the first. They recorded back to back to back singles by Jessica Moppin, Frankenstein and Serena Settlemier, but were unable to push a run across home plate.

SMS was able to strike first when they scored three times in the top of the fourth. Deanna Keim led off the inning with a double to left center. After a sacrifice bunt put Keim at third, Ashley Meredith knocked in the first run with a single to right field. With two outs in the inning starting pitcher Lindsey Major (5-3) belted a homerun to right putting the Bears up 3-0.

Despite getting eight hits the Jayhawks were unable to score. Moppin and Frankenstein led KU's offense with two hits a piece. Kassie Humphreys (7-3) struck out nine in the losing effort.

"We need to score more than one run against Southwest Missouri State in a double header," head coach Tracy Bunge said. "I give credit to SMS. I was just disappointed with our effort."

KU will head to the Saluki Round Robin in Carbondale, Ill., to face DePaul, host Southern Illinois, Illinois State and Tennessee Tech beginning Saturday. Top Stories